e-Newsletter 120717

This Week at

“Follow Jesus … Love Others … Change the World”



This Sunday at 6:00 pm, the St. James Music Ministry will present its Seventh Annual

Advent Carol of Bells

in the Fellowship Hall. This event (formerly known as the Advent Tea) will feature traditional tea and cider with lots of goodies!  Music will be provided by the Circuit Riders and St. James Ringers bell ensembles with holiday favorites.


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   Advent Carol of Bells                    Sunday, December 10th at 6:00 pm

   True Meaning of Christmas Tour   Sunday, December 17th, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

   Moravian Lovefeast                       Sunday, December 17th at 6:00 pm

   Salvation Army Bell Ringing         Friday, December 22nd


   Fourth Sunday in Advent Services – Sunday, December 24th

         9:00 am ConneXion Worship Service in the Christian Life Ministries Center

       11:00 pm Worship Service in the Sanctuary

   (Note that there will not be an 8:45 AM or an 11:11 AM service that morning)


   Christmas Eve Services

         3:00 pm    Children’s Christmas Eve Service in the CLMC

         5:00 pm    ConneXion Christmas Eve Service in the CLMC

         7:00 pm    Traditional Christmas Eve Service in the Sanctuary

       11:00 pm    Candlelight Christmas Eve Service in the Sanctuary



Invite those you care for to a place of Hope and Love this Christmas. Invite them to experience Christmas at St. James.

There are some Christmas Invite Cards at the Information Booths. Take as many as you wish and use them to invite your friends and neighbors. No one should be alone at Christmas. And no one should be without Jesus. Help us to be a welcoming, inviting family for all!


We had a lot of Christmas Cheer to go around last week at the Family Movie Night, the Hanging of the Green Party, and Santa’s First Stop!

The True Meaning of Christmas Tour

Volunteer To Spread the Christmas Cheer!

The United Methodist Church is hitting the road this Advent season to extend Christmas invitations in 21 cities across the U.S. (and Greenville is one of them!) “The True Meaning of Christmas Tour” will be traveling through 16 states unwrapping the true meaning of Christmas through holiday cheer, free hot cocoa and support for local churches.


The tour will communicate the true gift of Christmas with passersby via:
• Offering free hot cocoa and invitation cards, given by friendly volunteers from local United Methodist churches.
• Creating a video of people answering the question, “In your opinion, what is the true meaning of Christmas?”
• Gathering prayer requests from anyone who stops by so that a local faith community can support them.
• Creating awareness of the denomination and the ministries of local churches.


The tour is an extension of the denomination’s national advertising campaign. But more importantly, it is an opportunity for St. James to be present in our community and sharing the Christmas cheer!


The Christmas Tour Truck will be at Greenville Mall on Sunday, December 17th from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. We need volunteers to help distribute free hot cocoa to shoppers and share St. James information cards to invite them to Christmas services. What a fun way to spread the Christmas cheer and share the true meaning of Christmas!


You can sign up for a 30-minute segment or stay the whole afternoon. To sign-up, contact Alan Gill at the church (752-6154 or Alan@stjconnect.org) or click the button below.



You won’t want to miss this traditional gathering which has its roots in the Moravian Church.  Together we will celebrate this special occasions by sharing a simple meal (bread and coffee) with friends and bring to life the true meaning of unity, liberty and love for all who participate.


Year after year we look forward to the moment when the lights are dimmed and the trays of candles are unveiled.  Made of pure beeswax – symbolizing purity – for 200 years, the illumination of these candles washes over each of us like a cleansing wave.

Plan now to celebrate the birth of Christ through this powerful and simple service.


Too busy to cook during the holidays?

Or maybe just too worn out?

We can help!  But you will have to act fast!


The Jamaica Mission Team is preparing a Boston Butt just for you. You can pick up the deliciously seasoned and grilled main dish between 10 am and 12:30 pm on Saturday, December 16th. You can serve it right away or re-heat it on a later date. (approximately 8-10 servings)


Orders must be placed by Tuesday, December 12th!  Order your Boston butt today for only $25 each. You can order at the church office (252-752-6154 or info@stjconnect.org).


All proceeds will go towards the work of the St. James Jamaica mission teams.



Thank you for hosting a blood drive on Sunday, November 19th. The blood that we collected at your drive could be used to help premature infants, people with cancer, patients undergoing bone marrow transplants and emergency surgeries as well as hundreds of others in our community who need blood.

Every day, we need to collect 600-700 units of blood to keep up with the needs of local patients and hospitals. Your efforts are greatly appreciated. Thank you for your contributions and ongoing support of the local blood program. It comes at a time when we really need your help.


Dennis Donaldson
American Red Cross


2018 Advent Devotional Guides

are now available (but going fast!)

Advent is a season of preparation – preparing our homes with Christmas decorations, preparing gifts for our loved ones, and preparing our hearts for the coming of the Christ child. A wonderful way to prepare our hearts is to take a moment each day for a time of devotion and prayer.


Pick up your Devotional Guide at the church. We are also offering the opportunity to receive the Advent devotions via email (just click the button below). This new set of daily devotionals are written by your fellow members of St. James UMC and can be sent to your email inbox for the season of Advent through Epiphany (December 3rd – January 13th)

To receive the emails, click on the register button below and fill out the form. Then on December 3rd, you will begin to receive your daily emails.





Expanding the 11:00 am Usher Team

Psalms 84-10 says: “For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand outside. I’d rather be a door-keeper in the house of God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.”
Our Ushers represent St. James in a very visible way as door-keepers, greeting the wearying of the world into the sanctuary.  Many times an Usher is the first person a guest encounters at St. James. Would you be interested in serving our church in this important ministry?
We are looking to expand our corp of Ushers for the 11:00 am service in the Sanctuary. If you are interested, or would like more information, please contact Bill Cox at 252-531-3466.



Old Board Games Needed for Wahl-Coates School

As we look to purchase gifts and new toys for our children, consider donating your old games for use by Wahl-Coates students. The Music Teacher, Dawn Wilson, is in need of used games that she will modify for musical activities. Games needed are: Jenga (or similar), Candyland, Headbanz, Dominoes, Yahtzee, Twister, and Sorry. These games do not need to be in new condition or have all the pieces. She is also in need of timers (sand or others), spinners, and blank dice. If you have any of these items to donate, please place them in the bins near the Children’s Check-in area.

Remember to turn in your box tops for credit to Wahl Coates. Also, you can list Wahl Coates as a preferred school with your VIC Card at Harris Teeter.

Lastly, Wahl Coates is collecting plastic bottle tops. Bring yours to the church for collection near the Children’s Check-In area.



2017 Honor Card – Benefits Community Crossroads Center

Annually, artist Bill Mangum creates a new painting that shares a subtle message about homelessness and serves both as an educational tool and fundraiser for agencies helping the homeless across North Carolina. To date, over $5,500,000 has been raised to aid the agencies in their outreach missions.

This year’s Honor Card, entitled “Rise” is now available for purchase through the church office. By purchasing the Honor Card and mailing it to family and friends, you are giving a gift in their Honor to Community Crossroads Center. Cards are available for a $5.00 minimum donation.




Ringing the Salvation Army Bells

St. James UMC has established a Christmas tradition to serve the Greenville community by ringing the Salvation Army bells on one day during the Christmas holidays. This tradition was initiated by the late Les Garner and coordinated for over 20 years by Mike Board. In 2016, we collected $8,462. Last year, the total was $10,678. These funds allow the Salvation Army to meet the needs of many people who are less fortunate in our community and saves them from having to pay employees to ring the bells on that day.


With your help, we will be ringing the bells at 20 kettle sites throughout Greenville on Friday, December 22. We plan to have volunteers ring for 2-hour periods at each site beginning at 10:00 am and ending at 8:00 pm.


This serving ministry is one that many have enjoyed! It not only provides a valuable service to our community, but adds a special reminder of us all to the true meaning of Christmas – the birth of Jesus.

We are now signing up volunteers to serve! If you can help, please contact Tom Pauling at 252-752-5129 or 252-375-2267 or tpauling@suddenlink.net.




This Sunday

Second Sunday of Advent


At 8:45 am and 11:00 am

     in the Sanctuary –

Isaiah 40:1-11 & Mark 1:1-8

“The Way”

Rev. Mark Woods


At 9:00 am and 11:11 am

     in the CLMC –

Luke 1:26-38

“The Annunciation”

Rev. Ben Alexander




Family Worship During Advent

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matthew 19:14)
During Advent, we are encouraging families to worship together. So from December 3rd – 24th, we will not offer Children’s Chapel or Childcare for school-age children during the worship services. Instead, we are excited to have them join us for worship in the Sanctuary or the Christian Life Ministries Center where all services will include a children’s message. Nursery is still provided for infants-4 year olds, and we will have Sunday School classes as usual for all ages.




TGIW (Thank God It’s Wednesday)

TGIW has concluded for the fall semester.  We will start the fellowship meals again in the new year on January 17th.



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Coming Events


Advent Carol of Bells – Sunday, December 10th at 6:00 pm.  more…



Boston Butt for the Holidays – Order yours by Tuesday, December 12th.  more…


Big Band Christmas at St. James – Friday, December 15th at 7:30 pm.  more…


True Meaning of Christmas Tour – Sunday, December 17th, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.  more…


Moravian Lovefeast – Sunday, December 17th at 6:00 pm.  more…


Ring the Bells with the Salvation Army – Friday, December 22.  more…


IF:Gathering 2018 – March 17.  Register now and Save the Date!  more…


Missions & Opportunities


Angel Tree – Christmas Gifts for Methodist Home for Children foster kids.  more…


Sock and Mitten Tree – Collecting Dec. 3rd – 11th.  more…



2017 Honor Card – to benefit Community Crossroads Center.  Available in the church office.  more…


RFL Bracelets to support Relay for Life – now available.  more…



Ring the Bells with the Salvation Army – Friday, December 22.  more…



Serving Opportunities with Growing In Grace Ministries – Team Leaders needed.  more…


Serving Opportunities at Wahl-Coates this Fall – Volunteer help needed with C4C (Congregations for Children).  more…


Host a TGIW Dinner this Spring – Dates now available Jan. 17 – March 21.  more…


Food Pantry Donations Needed.

Click here to find out more.



Keep God’s Children Now collecting warm clothing donations.  Click here for more information



Collecting Bibles for Homeless Shelter click here for more information.




Honor Your Loved Ones with Flowers on the Altar – Click here for more information.



Kairos Maury Prison Ministry – Help build a church behind the walls.  more…


For additional mission opportunities, click here to visit the website.



Newsletter Prayer List


Please be in prayer for these members of the St. James family:

Sam Stephenson, Ed and Betty Yancey, Patti Frank, Nancy Bishop, Charlie Swing, Ruth Braddy, Mary Lake, and Peggy Fulcher.


These people are prayed for every week by the St. James Prayer Ministry Team and in countless ways by the St. James congregation.  If you would like prayers for you or a loved one, please call the church office (752-6154) to be added to this Prayer List.  Names will remain on this list for 30 days.  If further prayers are desired following that time, please call again.



This week’s Special Prayers for some of our homebound members:

Jack & Lucy Fenton, Mary Harvey, Edith O’Neil, Jo Smith, and Stan Walter.


Sympathy is extended to Mary Foley on the death of her husband, Lloyd Foley, who passed away December 2nd.


Sympathy is extended to Sharon Mozingo on the death of her aunt, Margie Mozingo Watson, who passed away December 2nd.


Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Hazel Aiken who passed away December 3rd.


Please keep these loved ones in your prayers.








Have a Safe Holiday!

As the weather gets colder and the holidays approach, we tend to see more car break-ins in our community.  Please do your part by not leaving valuables visible in your car and making sure your car is locked while in the church parking lot.  Be smart and safe during this holiday season!




Taking Steps Toward Hope

Grief involves many emotions and can resemble the movement of the ocean, coming and going like the tide. It’s common to have waves of anger, guilt, numbness, sadness or relief. All of these are normal reactions when someone you love dies, be it from a long illness or sudden tragedy. Experiencing grief and bereavement is a journey. Everyone’s experience is different and unique. You may feel alone and need someone to share your thoughts and feelings.

Living on After Loss provides an outlet for those who are experiencing grief. Living on After Loss is a structured, small group that meets once a week for an 8 week series. Here you will find a safe place to learn, understand, and cope with a loss. The first 2 sessions will focus on basic information about the grieving process, reactions to loss, and coping strategies. The next 6 sessions will provide support that will help you identify the feelings and
physical effects of loss, provide awareness of the grieving process, help in redefining yourself, and promote awareness of your potential support systems. Seats are limited and preregistration is required.

Tuesdays, January 9 – February 27, 2018
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Tuesdays, April 10 – May 29, 2018
12:00pm to 1:30pm

East Carolina University Family Therapy Clinic
612 East 10th St, Greenville, NC 27834


Pathways to Hope is an ongoing, monthly support group where different topics will be discussed each month. You are welcome to come and go based on your needs with no start date or end date.

The second Tuesday of every month
5:30pm to 7:00 pm

Vidant Wellness Center
2610 Stantonsburg Road, Greenville, NC 27834


Living on After Loss and Pathways to Hope are provided as a community service by Vidant Home Health and Hospice. These programs are free for individuals in our community who have experienced the death of an important person in their lives.
For further information, call (252) 847-1236.



Volunteer with Vidant Home Health and Hospice

Vidant Home Health and Hospice is currently recruiting volunteers in the Pitt County area. We have an increasing need for compassionate individuals whom are willing to provide support to patients and their families at the end of life. As a volunteer, you will be able to give back to the community, in an emotionally rewarding way.

Opportunities include:

  • Direct Support: Offering Companionship: Friendly visits to provide some special attention, a listening ear, and a comforting presence.
  • Respite Care: Respite care is an opportunity for the caregiver to have a break and still be assured their loved one is safe.
  • Indirect Support: Providing support in our offices or at the Service League of Greenville Inpatient Hospice.

Training is provided. To schedule a presentation about our volunteer program or to sign up as a Vidant Home Health and Hospice Volunteer please contact Angelina Brittle at 252-847-1236 or email Angelina.brittle@vidanthealth.com.





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or to promote to the St. James family?


You can enter the information online at the St. James website (click here!) at your convenience.  We will collect the announcements and distribute them in the newsletters, bulletins and on the announcement screens before worship!



St. James United Methodist Church

2000 E. Sixth St.

Greenville, NC  27858

(252) 752-6154